The following letter was emailed to local and state community leaders, members of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and a number of newspapers and tv reporters. If you are interested in specifics, please notifiy us and we will gladly provide the complete list. Thank you.
September 9, 2010
Dear Community Leaders;
We are seeking your assistance to ensure the success of our charter school, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School located in Malden. As parents of children in the school, we commend them for their accomplishments but have grown concerned as a result of their blatant disregard for the laws that govern their conduct. We do not feel that their successes relieve them of their obligations to follow the laws and regulations that govern them.
The school currently falls under the leadership and guidance of its Board of Trustees, which Malden Councilor Neil Kinnon (who has taken over leadership as the Chairman of the Board). Not only is this clearly a conflict of interest under State Ethics Laws but is also not permissible under the laws that govern Charter Schools and in violation of directives from the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Although the school currently does have a School Director on staff, he has no leadership or say in the operations or management of the school. In addition, Mr. Kinnon has been in violation of the Open Meeting laws in previous years and can be expected to continue this practice. The DESE has issued a directive to the Board regarding this issue yet they have refused to comply. We question Mr. Kinnon’s ability and knowledge in the meeting the educational needs of our children, as well as his motives for many of his decisions and actions. As our residents, schools, businesses, and government are in the midst of tight economic times, an equally disturbing violation involves fraud through the hiring of numerous friends and family members, many of which are unqualified, overpaid, and/or unnecessary.
In an effort to rectify this situation and secure the future of our school and children’s education, we are seeking your assistance and guidance. We have filed claims with numerous agencies that should be responsible for the oversight of our schools but seek your assistance to ensure the situation receives the attention it requires. We have also created a blog as a means of communication among parents, teachers, and community leaders as much of what has allowed MVRCS to get away with was a result of limiting our knowledge of their actions. Our blog can be found at The UnOfficial MVRCS Blog and we ask that you monitor it and this situation in the hopes of rectifying this unfortunate situation.
A Group of Parents from MVRCS
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